By Robert Haugh
San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Mike Silver wrote a column about 49ers CEO Jed York attacking Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross with his local campaign ads and mailers. And Silver does not make York look good. (Ross is the owner of The Related Companies and developing a large mixed-use project on the golf course across from Levi’s Stadium).
Many local residents, and even some of York’s fellow NFL owners, are far less supportive of those actions. They have every right to be upset.
If we’re honest with ourselves, it’s conduct unbecoming of a person in his position — and it’s all starting to feel a little gross.
Ouch. Silver concludes his column with stronger words about York.
This is the CEO of the 49ers using his position and fortune to try to get what he wants, by any means necessary. It’s a mentality that translates better to the football field than it does to the ballot box in a local election, and it’s besmirching both York and the storied franchise he represents.
Even if York believes this behavior is justified, it’s making him look terrible. And the worst part is, I have a sneaking suspicion he doesn’t care.
Double and triple ouch.
As bad as Silver makes York look, he makes Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker look worse.
Once again, York is throwing money at the problem, with the 49ers having contributed $3.1 million toward “independent expenditure committees” supporting three candidates in the upcoming election — including the person running against Gillmor, a bully named Anthony Becker who might as well campaign in a 49ers jersey with “JED’S LAPDOG” stitched on the back.
It all looks super shady, and totally crass. I don’t know much about Becker’s politics — or Gillmor’s, for that matter — but his temperament, based on these reports, should be disqualifying.
Silver is a highly respected national sports columnist and has been nominated for a few Emmys. Now, he has the distinction of getting Santa Clara News Online’s first “quintuple ouch.”
You can read his entire column, but it may be behind a paywall depending on the number of times you’ve read the Chronicle this month.